California Camp Director

Position Title: California Camp Director
Reports To: Director of Programs
Nature of the Position & Dates:
June 16 – August 6, 2013 Summer– Training as an Assistant Camp Director/August 7, 2013 – June 14, 2014 Year Round – 30 hours/week with benefits

Girls Leadership Institute (GLI) Description:
GLI teaches girls tools for assertive self-expression, emotional intelligence, and healthy relationships for success in leadership and life. Our programs include parent-daughter workshops, day camps, a residential summer camp, professional development trainings for educators, parent education presentations, and after-school classes.

Program and Position Description:
GLI seeks an experienced individual who is dedicated to girls’ social and emotional development to serve as the Assistant Camp Director at its residential summer camp at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, from June 16 – August 6, 2013. GLI summer camp is divided into two, three-week sessions, serving girls in grades six through twelve (sixth graders attend for a ten-day session).

The Assistant Camp Director/California Camp Director helps create the “GLI magic” that allows girls to take risks that they never thought possible and to build stronger friendships than they’ve ever known. What does the GLI magic look like? It is 60 screaming girls, covered in face paint, playing kickball. It is you cheering for every single girl at bat and then watching each girl start to cheer for others. It’s leading a group sing along (when you can’t carry a tune) under a tarp in the pouring rain. It’s acknowledging and supporting a girl’s real emotions, just when you thought you were done for the day. It’s about taking risks and being your real self in order to give girls the permission to do the same.

During the 2013 summer camp the Assistant Camp Director receives one day off every 7-8 days and two days off in between sessions. Working as a member of the GLI staff is a unique, exciting and demanding opportunity. Creating the GLI community requires hard work, long hours, and significant commitment. Staff must maintain a high level of energy, patience, professionalism, and compassion from early morning wake-up to evening staff meetings. This intense work schedule requires stamina and dedication. The result is an incredibly rewarding job transforming the lives of adolescent girls.

This person will serve as the Assistant Camp Director for Summer 2013 in training to become the California Camp Director. This person must therefore live in the Bay Area or plan to move there by September 2013. GLI is seeking an individual who will ultimately oversee the launch of a summer camp in the Bay Area in 2014. This person would oversee operations, personnel management and client relationships for the California Summer Camp year round.

GLI is additionally seeking within this position an individual that would also serve within the Educator role teaching parent-daughter workshops during the school year, September through May. This person must be available to teach programs for two nights per week, up to four weekends per year, and one week of day camp during the 2013-2014 school year. Educators receive year-round professional development from GLI’s Director of Programs and regional Senior Educator.

This individual would join a team of outstanding professionals dedicated to changing girls’ lives. This position offers an extraordinary opportunity to be immersed in girls’ social and emotional enrichment and development. It is also a unique opportunity to join the leadership team of a growing, national non-profit organization. The Assistant Camp Director will work initially with the Massachusetts Camp Director to oversee the social emotional well being of all girls and staff.

Assistant Camp Director Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Camp Director to oversee the social and emotional well being of all girls
  • Supervise and facilitate daily meetings with Guidance Counselors, Head Residential Counselors, Director of Play and Camp Health Director (Please see the respective job descriptions to understand the exact nature of each position.)
  • Attend daily meetings with Camp Director
  • Work with Camp Director to oversee first and last day of each camp session including transportation to and from the airport
  • Attend and support one cohort meeting daily. Oversee that the “next steps” from the meeting are implemented
  • Lead and advisory group 4 days a week for 45 minutes
  • Accompany and support their advisory group for the ropes course field trip one day per week

 Additional Assistant Camp Director Responsibilities 

  • Call each advisee’s family mid way through each session to update and check in
  • Write a short anecdotal reflection on each advisee’s overall camp experience
  • Participate in regular staff meetings and teacher meetings to debrief lessons and discuss girls’ progress
  • Participate in five full days of staff training at Mount Holyoke College, June 17-21
  • Participate in two full days of post-camp evaluation at Mount Holyoke College, August 5 & 6


A sample of a typical day for an Assistant Director:

7:30 Check in with Camp Director
8:00 Breakfast
8:45 Games (4 days a week)
9:30 Meet with Camp Director around Operations, Girls & Training
11:30 Dorm time
12:00 Lunch
1:35 Advisory (4 days a week)
2:30 Cohort Meeting (4 days a week 1 hour)
3:30 Time off
4:20 Fitness (4 days a week)
5:20 Time off
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Evening Activity (4 nights a week for two hours)
9:00 Support Bed Prep in the dorms

Complete Position Qualifications
Candidates must be at least 25 years of age and have at least three years of summer camp or other residential experience, and at least one year of management or administrative work overseeing teachers, counselors or youth service providers. Professionals with a graduate degree in education, counseling, organizational management or a related field experience is preferred.

The ideal candidate will posses these qualities:

  • Experience managing, supporting and leading a team
  • Experience working with and mentoring youth
  • Responsible and self-motivated
  • Relate well with girls in grades 2-12
  • Ability to supervise staff
  • Comfortable with public interactions including public speaking or presentations
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Work well with others as part of a team
  • Ability to remain flexible and patient in the face of time pressure and multiple demands
  • Comfortable with professional observation and regular feedback
  • Excellent conflict resolution skills and experience mediating groups
  • Approach problems creatively and proactively
  • Passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Choose an appropriate location for the California Summer Camp
  • Recruit girls for the California Summer Camp; and develop and oversee the relationship between GLI, girls and their families
  • Create and oversee the execution of camp schedules and operational systems, including first and last day of camp
  • Recruit, hire, manage and maintain summer camp staff
  • Oversee and manage residential life at camp, including trips and weekends
  • Ensure maintenance of best practices as established by the American Camping Association
  • Design and oversee the annual winter camp reunion
  • Develop and teach pre-camp staff training orientation
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of all summer camp staff
  • Maintain and review camp records
  • Design and oversee the camp crisis plan
  • Process all camp registrations and organize accompanying paperwork
  • Support summer camp annual fundraising campaign
  • Possess experience creating and executing lesson plans and project units
  • Live in the San Francisco Bay Area

Assistant Camp Director Compensation: 

• $6,462 for seven weeks of summer camp inclusive of teacher training and staff orientation, June 16 – August 6, 2013
• Room and board at Mount Holyoke College for June 16 – August 6, 2013
• Travel will be reimbursed in full to and from Mount Holyoke College

California Camp Director & Educator Salary:
• $36,000 a year at 30 hours per week. By June 14, 2014 we expect to negotiate the salary and job description
• This is an exempt full time position with an expected annual average of 30 hours of work per week
• Benefits include: Health insurance, 4 weeks of paid vacation per year, 10 days of Paid Time Off per year, and 10 Holidays per year

To apply:
Applications will be reviewed and processed in the order received. Although the application deadline is March 15, 2013, hiring decisions may be made prior to this date. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, application, and at least three references in MS Word or a PDF format to Kiku Johnson, Director of Programs:

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The subject line of the email should include your full name and “California Camp Director Application.” To watch the GLI video, see photos from last summer, or read testimonials please visit